#DAW15 – My Dyslexic Blog

Very sorry I missed a day due to a severe headache, sickness and being sent home from work yesterday.

My Dyslexic Blog is one of the first blogs about dyslexia and dyspraxia that I read. It still remains one of my firm favourites as each blog has so much information in it.

https://mydyslexicblog.wordpress.com/

#DAW15 – Chazzy42

I love seeing new bloggers getting involved in advocacy! Diagnosed less than a year ago as dyslexic, Chazzy42 is blogging about her personal experiences in her final year of university!

So please show your support for a new kid on the block and check out (and follow!) Chazzy42! https://chazzy42.wordpress.com/

#DAW15 – Alternative Wiring

As part of Dyslexia Awareness Week in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, I am going to share some links to my favourite dyslexia blogs from around the internet. I would really love you all to check them out and follow them too if you haven’t already done so.

Today I am going to start with Alternative Wiring. Such a fantastic blog and a wonderful blogger who gets very much involved with the online dyslexic community.

Head over to http://www.alternativewiring.com to check it out!

Neurodiversity and Me: Imposter Syndrome

I had never heard of ‘Imposter Syndrome’ until yesterday when a good friend of mine shared this video from YouTube that they had seen. My friend is someone who I have the utmost respect for, so when they post things up I always try to take a look at them, especially when it’s things I haven’t heard of before. As soon as I started watching this, I realised just how important it was not only for this Vlogger or my friend, but also for me to share with all of you who read my blog. It is just over 8 minutes long, but I will explain below why I found it so important (which you will hopefully look at AFTER watching the video).

I didn’t realise that this was an actual thing. I thought that it was just my own personal “paranoias”. “Paranoias” that I can explain exactly where they arose from.  Read the rest of this entry

Dyspraxia and Me: These Boots Were Made For Walking…

Boots

One thing I really hate is shopping for new shoes! I have awkward sized feet, I’m a UK 5 1/2 and my feet are wide. Finding shoes that I like that fit me has always been a struggle. Not only is it hard to find shoes in my size that I like, but they have to be flat shoes. I can’t walk in heels. Every time I’ve tried walking even in tiny heels, I’ve ended up falling over or twisting my ankle.

I had a job interview back in January and I only had one pair of smart black shoes. They were little ballet style shoes that I’d picked up for my graduation in July last year. They were perfect for interviews… but not in January in Scotland! Brrrr! So I had to venture around the high street stores in search of some smart black shoes or boots that would be interview worthy. I found these lovely boots (pictured above) in New Look. Not only did I like how they looked but they were wide fit and comfortable and didn’t have a high heel! Perfect! Read the rest of this entry

Book Review: Queen’s Gambit (Paperback)

Queen's Gambit

by Elizabeth Fremantle
Penguin, 2014
476 pages
Eye reading, 13 days

★★★☆☆

I picked up this book in a closing sale at WH Smith for about £3! I’m always looking for a bargain and this book certainly seemed to be that! This is another era of history I have been interested in from afar but never studied myself.  Read the rest of this entry

Book Review: Red Rose, White Rose (Paperback)

Red Rose

by Joanna Hickson
Harper, 2014
400 pages
Eye reading, 9 days

★★★★★

I read this book back in February this year. It has remained one of my favourite books of the year which I often think back to wishing I was reading it again. I picked it up in a 2 for £7.98 (or whatever the offer they have at Tesco) as I thought the description on the back of the book sounded interesting. I had little knowledge of the War of the Roses, so this really was a good introduction (from a fictional perspective). It was my first historical fiction book so any comparisons to other authors (as I’ve seen in other reviews of this book) really went over my head. Read the rest of this entry

The Book Club

After my post the other day, I decided to start writing reviews (thanks anon person who responded to the post). I’ve not created a new section of the blog called The Book Club. In there I will link all my book reviews and will add how I read the book, by eye or by ear, and how long it took me to read it. Hopefully some of you will find it useful to find new books to read!

Please take into consideration that I work part-time at the moment. This means that I do spend a lot of time reading, so the time I have taken to read the books include days where I plough through books on days off. If the number of days seem unrealistic to you as a reader, don’t worry! You’ve probably got a lot less free time on your hands than what I currently do.

I’m listing the reviews in alphabetical order to the surname of the author to make it easier to find a particular book/author. I’m adding what genre the book is too even though I mostly read fiction at the moment.

Would love your feedback and if there is anything else you would like from a book review as a dyslexic person.

Book Review: Colliery Kids (Ebook Edition)

Colliery Kids

by Arthur Williams
Smashwords Edition, 2012
88 pages
Eye reading, 1-2 hours

★☆☆☆☆

They say “never judge a book by its cover” but I would like to add to this, “never judge a book by its title”.

I am a big fan of free ebooks! It means that I can check out authors I’ve never read before and find books I’d never heard of before. Colliery Kids was one such free ebook that I thought sounded interesting from its title and from the books’ description.

“Kevin and Robbie two young boys growing up in a small Northumberland mining village as their Mother struggles to make ends meet.” – Goodreads

Coming from a mining background myself, I thought this short book would be an interesting insight into the life of colliery workers’ children growing up in the 1950s in England. However, I was hugely disappointed by the book which had huge potential.  Read the rest of this entry

Dyslexia and Me: “So Many Books, So Little Time”

Frank Zappa has created music that has been in my collection for many years and I have learnt valuable lessons about “Yellow Snow” which I will definitely NOT be eating. Mr Zappa once said, “So many books, so little time.” This is a quote I have really taken to heart in the last few years.

I’m covering a bit of old ground here, but it is something that I am becoming more passionate about since taking on the Goodreads Challenge earlier this year. That and jealousy of conversations I have been left out of in regards to popular fiction and classic books everyone seems to assume that you have read.  Read the rest of this entry

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